||Ryan founded The Fischer-Harbage Agency in January, 2007 after a successful tenure at a major literary agency. He has placed books for seven #1 New York Times bestselling authors. He represents New York Times bestselling authors Frank Calabrese Jr., Miranda Esmonde-White, Robert Graysmith, Janet Mock, Susan Shapiro and J. Ryan Stradal; and award-winning authors and pioneers such as Karim Dimechkie, Jen Doll, Thomas Healy, Taylor Plimpton, Rob Roberge, Robbie Robertson, Amy Sullivan, Jackson Taylor, Timbaland, Pete Wentz, Thad Ziolkowski and others. He represented Gérard de Villiers until the author passed away–his S.A.S. series has sold more than 120 million copies worldwide; Ryan continues to work on behalf of the estate. Other Ryan has also worked on behalf of Trace Adkins, Bob Greene, Dr. Nicholas Perricone, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tricia Yearwood and Gary Zukav. Prior to being recruited to work as an agent, Ryan was an editor at Simon & Schuster where he helped create and launch a new imprint, Simon Spotlight Entertainment (now Gallery Books). He also worked as an editor for Little, Brown & Company as well as The Penguin Group (USA) where he edited books for Plume, Dutton and Viking. He acquired and edited Farah Ahmedi and Tamin Ansary’s New York Times bestseller, The Other Side of the Sky; the Pulitzer Prize winning Boston Globe Spotlight Team’s Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church; E: The Environmental Magazine’s Green Living; as well as Peter Singer’s New York Times bestseller The President of Good & Evil: Questioning the Ethics of George W. Bush. He has also worked with numerous other bestselling authors, including Michael Connelly, Matthew Diffee, John Feinstein, Malcolm Gladwell, David Kuo, Brad Listi, Alice Sebold and Danny Wallace.
Ryan teaches courses on writing book proposals and fiction at The New School University’s MFA Program, Pratt and Mediabistro. He addresses students and writers regularly at New York University’s MFA program, Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA program and conferences including The Colgate Writers’ Conference, Miami Writers Institute, The New Orleans Writers Conference and The Writers’ League of Texas, among others.
He has been quoted on writing and publishing in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Poets & Writers, Publishers Weekly and on “Good Morning America,” among other outlets. Ryan is a graduate of Kalamazoo College, The Radcliffe Publishing Course and the Master of Fine Arts program in writing and literature at Bennington College. He lives with his children in Park Slope, Brooklyn.